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SSISD Hires Pine Tree Coach as Wildcats Head Basketball Coach


Meeting Thursday (June 3) at noon, the Sulphur Springs School Board approved the hiring of Brandon Shaver as the new Wildcats Head Basketball Coach.

Coach Shaver has been the Head Basketball Coach at Longview Pine Tree for the past 2 seasons.

A native of New Diana, Coach Shaver was also a head coach before that at Grand Cane Central High School near Shreveport. Coach Shaver spent 12 years as an assistant coach at several Louisiana high schools.

He is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Coach Shaver replaces the most successful coach in Wildcats’ history, Clark Cipoletta. The board also accepted Coach Cipoletta’s resignation. Cip has been named as the Head Basketball Coach at Allen. 

The Wildcats Football Team also lost their Defensive Coordinator Alex Guerra. Coach Guerra’s resignation was accepted Thursday and he will be taking the Head Football job at Edgewood.

Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens said he would replace Coach Guerra as DC with longtime Wildcats Assistant Coach Kirk McCain. Coach McCain has been on Coach Owens’ football staff for 14 years. 

Coach Owens is also losing his Quarterback Coach Mike Meador. Coach Meador is moving to SSHS Athletic Facilities and Business Manager replacing Dwayne McMeans, a former Wildcats Head Football Coach whose retirement was accepted by the board Thursday.

Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Matt Young will be coaching quarterbacks. Coach Meador is expected to continue as an Assistant Tennis Coach. 

Several other coaches resigned effective Thursday. Joe Garcia, a Spanish teacher and former Wildcats Basketball Assistant Coach, resigned so he could become the Head Girls Coach at North Hopkins. Coach Garcia has been a head girls and boys coach at Campbell in the past.

Wildcats Football and Baseball Assistant Shane McQueen has resigned. Coach McQueen is joining the football staff of former Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Jeff Riordan at Tyler Chapel Hill.

Wildcats Football Assistant Jason Meskimen has resigned. Coach Meskimen has accepted a position as a defensive coach at Mount Pleasant.

The board also approved the hiring of Rae Ann Ford as an assistant Lady Cats Basketball Coach on the staff of Head Coach Brittney Tisdell. Lady Cats Basketball Assistant Bryan Jones has resigned. 

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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